Plant ID forum→Please help! Unknown philodendron.

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Vancouver, BC Canada
Jun 16, 2021 8:31 PM CST
So I got this plant today that the seller said was imported, but he's not sure what kind of philodendron it is…. It's labelled as something that I'm going to list in the picture, but it looks nothing like what it's labelled as. It's super small and he said he's had it for months. It has a pretty large root system so based on that and the amount of time he's had it, I think that it must be a mini or something. Any help is much appreciated thanks!
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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
Jun 17, 2021 6:34 AM CST
Well, I don;t think this is a verrucosum of any type. Even juvenile leaves of verrucosum (no matter standard form, mini, cobra, etc etc etc) have the hallmark pattern. They are also vining climbers, and this plant does not look like a climber. This is what a verrucosum should look like at any stage of growth. Also, the leaf form of your plant is totally off for verrucosum. Its too thin and lanceate. It should be more cordate.
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I am not trying to cast aspersions on your seller. I am just being honest here. Many many people have jumped on the 'importing' bandwagon. They are doing it to make a quick buck. I know a few importers here where I live. They get boxes of plants from Indonesia and Borneo all the time filled with unlabeled/mislabeled plants. I think your plant was mislabeled.

I do not know what it is, but I really do not think its a verrucosum of any kind. You might wait and see if it changes morphologically, in its leaf patterning, but I really do not believe it will.
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San Francisco Bay area (Zone 9a)
Jun 17, 2021 3:04 PM CST
I agree with Gina.
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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Jun 17, 2021 3:38 PM CST
I agree, it's definitely not Velvet-leaf Philodendron (Philodendron verrucosum) which has very cordate (heart shaped) leaves with pubescent/hairy petioles. The leaves of P. verrucosum also have distinctive veining, even on juvenile plants.

More information and photos of P. verrucosum on this page: https://www.exoticrainforest.c...

There's another Philo with the same common name of "Velvet Leaf" but it's also a climbing vine with a trailing, climbing growth habit:
Velvet Leaf Philodendron (Philodendron hederaceum)
Velvet Leaf Philodendron (Philodendron hederaceum var. hederaceum)

I hope you will continue to share photos as your plant matures.

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Vancouver, BC Canada
Jun 17, 2021 7:04 PM CST
Hi! Thanks everyone! I'll definitely keep sharing pics once it gets bigger! It's definitely a mystery plant! I'm so excited to grow it 😂
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
Jun 17, 2021 7:10 PM CST
It may become apparent as it progresses what it is.
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